Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, musicians, and dancers. The 300 acre campus is also the site for The Fields Sculpture Park, a public exhibition space with nearly 80 contemporary sculptures; Architecture Omi, exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape; and arts education programs for children.
There are four distinct residency programs: the Art Omi International Artists Residency, which invites thirty artists from around the world for three weeks every July; Writers Omi, formally Ledig House International Writers Residency, which sponsors forty writers and translators for up to two months each year; and Music Omi International Musicians Residency, which brings together twelve to fifteen musician-composers to collaborate actively and perform in August; and Dance Omi International Dance Collective which brings together ten individual dancers from around the world for three weeks of collaborative dance.
Located in Omi, New York, a Hudson River Valley hamlet two and a half hours from New York City, Omi is situated on 300 acres of rolling farmland with spectacular views of the Catskills and theHudson River valley.Omi provides residents with room, board, and a place to work. Our Program Boards, comprised of peer group professionals, review all applications. As an integral part of our programs, Omi broadens the scope of traditional retreats by hosting visiting international and New York artists, critics, gallerists, publishers, collectors, curators and agents who help residents cultivate valuable career opportunities. Our strong commitment to fostering professional success and growth in the lives of serious artists, writers and musicians makes Omi unique
WRITERS OMI INTERNATIONAL WRITERS RESIDENCY, AT LEDIG HOUSE
Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process. Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing com-munity. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals. (click here for a list of former guest speakers) German publisher, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, for whom the program is named, was noted for his passionate commitment to quality in literature. His list of authors included Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Yukio Mishima, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon.
Writers Omi has hosted hundreds of writers and translators from roughly 50 countries around the world. The colony's strong international emphasis reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is part of Ledig's enduring legacy. Listen to Australian writer Lee Tulloch's radio interview, conducted live from Ledig House on May 5, 2009.
Omi International Arts Center is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley. Named for a neighboring village, Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, New York, as well as Albany and Hudson, which offer train connections only thirty minutes away.
The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include a large two-story barn with indoor studios; contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, adjacent to The Fields Sculpture Park.
A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several state of the art computers are available on the premises.
Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to modern dance, presidential mansions to farmer’s markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents. The local library has a modest collection, but is a member of the Mid-Hudson group, calling on the resources of libraries within much of eastern New York.
Applications for 2013 must be received by October 20, 2012.
- Spring: March 22 - June 7
- Fall: September 14 - November 15
- All applications must be submitted electronically. Instructions and forms can be found here.
- All notifications will be provided electronically by February 1, 2013.
- Questions may be directed to:
For queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
For submissions: via submittable